Your 2021 Essential Camping Checklist and Sustainable Camping Guide

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Summer is on and many will be camping in our #backyardbend in the next few months. We found this article to help you think about a sustainable experience. From One Tree Planted by Meaghan Weeden

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO HAVE A SUSTAINABLE CAMPING TRIP

n many places, the weather is warming up, nature is starting anew, and after a long winter at home you’re probably itching to hit the road and have all the adventures. In light of the global pandemic, many people are finding the perfect solution to their wanderlust: camping! From the beach to the mountains, from tent camping to yurt camping to beach camping and glamping, there’s a whole constellation of possibilities for you to relax and unwind in the great outdoors.

As with everything in life, how you camp is definitely a reflection of your overall commitment to sustainability and the environment. And as you’ll probably guess, we believe the best policy is to tread softly in nature and leave nothing but your footprints behind. Throwing up your hands at the thought of greening up your camping trip AND tackling a monster packing list at the same time? Not to fear: with our simple sustainability hacks and downloadable checklist, you’ll be camping confidently in no time. Whether you’re a seasoned pro with well worn-in gear or a camping newbie, our Sustainable Camping Guide is chock-full of tips and tricks, including a downloadable Essential Camping Checklist to help you get packed up and ready to go in no time!

In many places, the weather is warming up, nature is starting anew, and after a long winter at home you’re probably itching to hit the road and have all the adventures. In light of the global pandemic, many people are finding the perfect solution to their wanderlust: camping! From the beach to the mountains, from tent camping to yurt camping to beach camping and glamping, there’s a whole constellation of possibilities for you to relax and unwind in the great outdoors.

As with everything in life, how you camp is definitely a reflection of your overall commitment to sustainability and the environment. And as you’ll probably guess, we believe the best policy is to tread softly in nature and leave nothing but your footprints behind. Throwing up your hands at the thought of greening up your camping trip AND tackling a monster packing list at the same time? Not to fear: with our simple sustainability hacks and downloadable checklist, you’ll be camping confidently in no time. Whether you’re a seasoned pro with well worn-in gear or a camping newbie, our Sustainable Camping Guide is chock-full of tips and tricks, including a downloadable Essential Camping Checklist to help you get packed up and ready to go in no time!

1. MAKE YOUR OWN FOOD

Preparing all of your meals and snacks ahead may feel daunting at first, but we’ll let you in on a little secret: fresh food that’s cooked in the great outdoors over an open fire just tastes better. With a little careful planning to minimize mess and prep up ingredients ahead of time, you’ll be golden! A few of our favorite low-fuss camping foods include homemade soups, burritos, fried egg sandwiches, granola bars, marinated proteins and kebabs for the grill, muesli, and any other meals that can be prepared ahead of time, frozen, and easily reheated.

2. CUT DOWN ON PACKAGING WASTE

Bringing fresh food will help with this, but to take it a step further, pack all of your prepared ingredients and meals in reusable glass containers like mason jars or pyrex and wrap granola bars and other homemade snacks in beeswax wrap or cloth bags. Skip the plastic water bottles by bringing a few reusable water bottles that can easily be filled directly from safe water containers filled at home. To play it safe, bring 1 gallon of water per person per day, and find out if drinking water filling stations will be available to replenish if needed.

3. TAKE OUT WHAT YOU BRING IN

Don’t be one of those campers — you know, the kind that leaves trash, recycling, and food waste behind to harm the environment and wildlife. To avoid this requires just a little planning ahead. Most campgrounds will offer a dumpster for trash, but find out if they offer recycling or composting, too. Either way, plan to bring at least 2 reusable trash bags — one for trash, one for recycling, and a compost bin if you want extra green points. At the end of your trip, take home whatever you can’t dispose of properly at the campground.

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